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White Sox lose replay challenge in KC finale

White Sox lose replay challenge in KC finale

KANSAS CITY -- Judging by Robin Ventura's controlled but agitated reaction following his team's 5-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday, the White Sox manager was not exactly thrilled with his first replay encounter.

Ventura challenged a call on Eric Hosmer's one-out grounder in the sixth back to starting pitcher Chris Sale, who forced Danny Valencia at second, but Hosmer was ruled safe at first by umpire Paul Schreiber on shortstop Alexei Ramirez's throw in an attempt to complete a double play. The play went to replay and the call was ruled to stand -- meaning there wasn't enough video evidence to overturn.

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That challenge covered 1 minute, 47 seconds.

"I wouldn't say it went smoothly," Ventura said. "Especially when you see the replay on the board, and you can tell by the reaction of the crowd. I still haven't seen a replay when he's safe so we'll figure that out. We must be getting a different replay than everyone else is getting."

Because the ruling on the field was that the runner was safe, overturning the call required definitive evidence that Hosmer was out. Replays from multiple angles were deemed inconclusive.

"Apparently he was safe. That's what the ruling was," Sale said. "They have TVs and people up there doing all that. I didn't get a good look at it so I really have no comment on it. It is what it is. It's part of the game you are going to have to get used to. Just try to stay focused and still have a job to do."

With one out in the top of the sixth, Royals manager Ned Yost challenged a play at first base where Marcus Semien was initially ruled safe on a grounder up the middle fielded by second baseman Omar Infante. The replay of 1 minute, 8 seconds overturned the original call and Semien was called out on Infante's great effort.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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